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Sailing, fishing & much more... Our agents share insider tips for exploring the Lakes Region's recreation opportunities!

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Lakes Region Recreation

Sailing on Lake WinnipesaukeeSailing, fishing & much more... Our agents share insider tips for exploring the Lakes Region's recreation opportunities!


Sailing on the Big Lake

Lake Winnipesaukee draws avid sailors from the world over. Learn more about some of the area's sailing clubs and organizations.

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Marinas in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

You have the greatest lakes in the world here in New Hampshire--so to enjoy them you need to know where to go to get the lake experience going.

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Fishing the Lakes Region: The Fish Are Always This Big...

Fishing is a favorite outdoor activity in the Lake Winnipesaukee area. Local Realtor Jim Ferriman shares some insight into the appeal of Lakes Region fishing.

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NH Temporary Boating License FAQ

Vacationing in the Lakes Region this summer? Find out here how to get a New Hampshire temporary boating license.

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Antique Boats in New England

The Lakes Region is a hotbed of antique boating activity. Find out how you can get involved, in the Lake Winnipesaukee area.

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Marinas in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire

You have the greatest lakes in the world here in New Hampshire! Wondering where to go, to get the lake experience started? Below is a list of Lakes Region marinas.  For a complete list of NH public boat launches all over the state, click here.

Lakes Region Marinas

Lake Winnisquam Marinas    
Adams Marina Winnisquam, NH 603-528-3561
Jay’s Marina Winnisquam, NH 603-524-3150
Winnisquam Marine Belmont, NH 603-524-8380
Lake Winnipesaukee Marinas    
Channel Marine Weirs Beach, NH 603-524-4801
Fay's Boatyard Laconia, NH 603-293-8000
Irwin Marine Laconia, NH 603-524-6661
Lakeport Landing Marina Laconia, NH 603-524-3755
Melvin Village Marina Melvin Village, NH 603-544-3583
Meredith Marina Meredith, NH 603-279-7921
Parker Marine Alton Bay, NH 603-875-2600
Paugus Bay Marina Laconia, NH 603-524-1233
Paugus Bay Marina Meredith, NH 603-279-5505
Shep Brown's Boat Basin Meredith, NH 603-279-4573
Silver Sands Marina Gilford, NH 603-293-7200
Thurston's Marina Weirs Beach, NH 603-366-4811
Trexler's Marina Moultonborough, NH 603-253-7315
Newfound Lake Marinas    
Westshore Marine Bristol, NH 603-744-2900
Squam Lake Marinas    
Asquam Marina Holderness, NH 603-968-9001
Riveredge Marina Ashland, NH 603-968-4411



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Fishing the Lakes Region: The Fish Are Always This Big...

Striped Bass Fishing Lakes Region NH

The fun of fishing seems to transcend all ages, providing excitement and thrills for great-grandparents  and great-grandchildren alike. The lakes and rivers of New Hampshire's Lakes Region provide endless opportunities and memories for everyone.

Are you planning to go out in pursuit of the small mouth bass and lake trout of Lake Winnipesaukee? For first-timers, especially, consider a day or half day with one of the professional fishing guides on the big lake. They won’t give away all of their secrets, just enough of them to make sure that you’ll enjoy yourself.

The NH Fish and Game Dept. website offers plenty of information for Lakes Region anglers, including seasonal bi-weekly N.H. fishing reports, license and tournament info, a schedule of fishing classes, and more.

For winter visitors and residents, ice fishing is a great way to get out on the lakes. You'll find ice fishing info, including links to videos, tournament info, lessons schedules, and safety info on the NH Fish and Game ice fishing page.

Fishing is part of the many "whys" folks embrace the New Hampshire life style, especially here in the Lakes Region. We encourage you to experience and re-experience an activity that will never grow stale; you can always recall a day on the water.

For more suggestions about fishing in New Hampshire's Lakes Region, contact the Spencer-Hughes Real Estate team. We're not just local real estate experts; we're local residents!

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Winnipesaukee Recreation: Sailing on the Big Lake

For some, the joy is in the journey. For others, it is where the journey can take them. You'll find all types of watercraft on the lakes, but it's hard to match the passion of a true sailor. The involvement of handling the lines, the feel of the tiller, the positioning of the boat to the wind - that sense of accomplishment of having moved from point A to point B and back, using only the natural forces and physics - these are the draw for many who prefer a sail over a motor.
There are several sailing organizations operating on Lake Winnipesaukee. The Winnipesaukee Yacht Club dates from 1937 and operates as a private club based in Gilford. The Meredith Bay Sailing Association on Lake Winnipesaukee is a certified community sailing program whose objective it is to provide people in the Lakes Region sailing opportunities.

There are also well established programs at several summer camps along the lake, and Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro offers sailing seamanship as part of its curriculum. A dedicated group of skippers in the Wolfeboro area recently initiated a racing schedule for boats seventeen feet and longer.
Another organization to explore is the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association. The LWSA runs a sailing school for children from 8 to 16 years of age. Their fleet of over 20 boats supports an active classroom and water program for all interests, abilities and means. Sponsoring adult racing activities for a mixed fleet, the association offers a convivial atmosphere before, during and after every event. Serious racers can participate in the J/80 fleet events held weekly through the summer months. The LWSA has the impressive national credentials of being named Fleet 1 of the J/80 class sailboat.

If you have a passion for sailing, you'll find that you're not alone in New Hampshire's Lakes Region. If you have questions about local sailing opportunities and organizations, please feel free to contact the local agents at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Spencer-Hughes Real Estate in Wolfeboro.

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Antique Boats in New England

Is There an Antique Boat in Your Future?

If you have been to an antique boat show and seen all those graceful woodies lined up, no doubt you thought, “Wow! They sure are beautiful, but it must be a lot of work.  I could never join in.”  Well, maybe you can.

Classics and antiques have been experiencing a major revival over the past 15-20 years.  Why are people buying them?  Financial appreciation is one good reason to own an old boat, but another is riding in one.  It takes many of us back to a time of childhood memories.

How to get involved and how to begin may seem intimidating, but it does not have to be. The Lakes Region is a hotbed of antique boating activity, much of it by newcomers.  There are ways to learn about classics, and how to buy, restore and take care of them.  A great place to start is the New Hampshire Boat Museum, located in Wolfeboro.   Another resource is the New England chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society.   The NECACBS website includes a calendar of local events, as well as lots of pictures.

There are many resources at the national level, as well, but with so many great resources and experienced and knowledgeable boaters in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, we recommend focusing locally—especially if you are new to buying and selling antique boats.

If you have questions about boating in New Hampshire's Lakes Region, feel free to contact the Spencer-Hughes team. We're your local experts!

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NH Temporary Boating License FAQ

Does the State of New Hampshire require a boating license?

Yes, the State of New Hampshire mandates that anyone who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower or a ski craft motorized vessel less than 13 feet long that is capable of exceeding 20 miles per hour and has the capacity to carry no more than an operator and one other person must have a boating education certificate. Minimum age to operate and obtain a certificate is 16.

Does the State of New Hampshire accept boating licenses obtained from other places?

Yes, the State of New Hampshire will accept the following licenses:

  • A boating certificate issued by another State agency and NASBLA approved.
  • A boating certificate issued by the US Power Squadron.
  • A boating certificate issued by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
  • An unexpired commercial boating license issued by the US Coast Guard.
  • An unexpired commercial boating license issued by the State of New Hampshire.

I am visiting on vacation and would like to boat but do not have a valid license, is there a temporary license option?

Under the provisions of New Hampshire RSA 270-D:14, a 14 Day Temporary Certificate is available. The 14 day certificate is a short term solution to being licensed and thus can only be applied for only once a calendar year.

What do I need to do to obtain a 14 day temporary license?

You must be at least 16 years of age and get at least an 80% to pass the test. If you fail you may take the test on another date but it can not be the same day; you must wait at least 24 hours. You must provide picture identification at the time of the test.

Where can I take the 14 day temporary license test?

Many facilities that rent boats also administer the temporary license test. It is best to call first to make sure someone qualified to administer it will be there. Visit the New Hampshire Department of Safety website for a list of sites that administer the test.

Where can I study before taking the 14 day temporary license test?

More information that you can use to prepare for your New Hampshire temporary boating license test can be found on the New Hampshire Department of Safety website.

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